Last night my wife and I tried the Winterlicious menu at Blu in Yorkville. Our first problem was that we had brought a nice old bottle of Barolo ('89 Marcarini Brunate) to have with dinner, but were told that we could only have BYOW if we ordered from the regular menu, not from the Winterlicious one. That was a loss all around, since they would likely have made more money from our corkage than from the two glasses of wine we ordered.
We started with the carpaccio, which was outstanding, although I would have liked a little lemon juice with it. For mains we had the short rib agnolotti and the lamb shank, neither of which were particularly interesting - not bad, just not up to the standard of the appetizers and desserts. For desserts, we had the cannoli and the poached pear, both of which were delicious.
Why is it that we often find that the best part of a *licious meal is the appetizers, and sometimes the desserts, while the mains are rarely interesting. Even worse, the exceptions (Scarpetta, The Corner House, Didier) close shortly thereafter. Was it something we said (or didn't say :-)?